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File Created: 24-Jul-1985 by BC Geological Survey (BCGS)
Last Edit:  04-Aug-2020 by Karl A. Flower (KAF)

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Name BRALCO, WENDLE, E Mining Division Cariboo
BCGS Map 093A084
Status Showing NTS Map 093A14W
Latitude 052º 53' 42'' UTM 10 (NAD 83)
Longitude 121º 19' 24'' Northing 5861901
Easting 612788
Commodities Gold, Lead, Zinc, Copper Deposit Types I01 : Au-quartz veins
I05 : Polymetallic veins Ag-Pb-Zn+/-Au
E14 : Sedimentary exhalative Zn-Pb-Ag
Tectonic Belt Omineca Terrane Kootenay, Cariboo
Capsule Geology

The region is underlain by (?)Hadrynian to Paleozoic Snowshoe Group rocks. The Snowshoe Group is an assemblage of dominantly metasedimentary rocks within the Barkerville Terrane of south-central British Columbia. These metasedimentary rocks consist primarily of marble, quartzite and phyllite. In the Yanks Peak area these rocks comprise the Keithley and Harveys Ridge successions, but further to the east they remain undifferentiated. Metamorphism of the region varies from chlorite to sillimanite and higher grade. Gold-bearing quartz veins occur only in greenschist facies rocks.

A shaft is located just north of the road along Pearce Gulch Creek and the Bralco Cabin, 800 metres north of the Cariboo-Hudson mine (093A 071), about 23 kilometres southeast of Barkerville.

The Bralco quartz vein showings are scattered over a number of Crown grants which are underlain by rocks considered to belong to the Hardscrabble Mountain succession (Devono-Mississippian). Mineralization consists of galena, sphalerite, chalcopyrite and pyrite occurring in quartz veins which crosscut quartz sericite schist, phyllite and limestone. A 5.8-metre wide replacement zone in limestone is well mineralized with sphalerite and contains some pyrite and galena. Grades of two grab samples averaged 5.3 per cent lead, 15 per cent zinc and 30.9 grams per tonne silver (Assessment Report 6545).

North of the Bralco Cabin a shaft has been sunk on a sphalerite-bearing zone in a limestone unit. No literature is available on the old workings but Rio Tinto Canadian Exploration conducted an exploration program in the area between 1977 and 1979. The Bralco zinc showing was drilled in September and October of 1978. During 1972 and 1974, Coast Interior Ltd. conducted a base metal exploration program in the Roundtop area. Suncor Inc. has completed exploration programs in the area in 1981, 82 and 84. In 1988, Inter-Canadian Development Corp. conducted a VLF-EM survey and rock and soil sampling over a larger property that also covered the Bralco showing.

During 2000 through 2008, Golden Cariboo Resources Ltd. completed programs of prospecting, geological mapping, geochemical (rock, soil, moss and stream sediment) sampling, ground magnetic and self potential surveys, trenching and 60 diamond drill holes, totalling 28,710.0 metres on the area as the Golden Cariboo property. A complete summary of exploration programs can be found at the Cariboo Hudson (MINFILE 093A 091) occurrence.

EMPR FIELDWORK 1997, pp. 13-3 - 13-4
EMPR AR 1938-C47
EMPR ASS RPT 6545, 7106, 10270, 11193, *13664, 18417
EMPR EXPL 1982-272; 1985-C273
EMPR OF 2001-11; 2004-12
EMPR PF Rimfire (Hajek and Sirola (1975): Round-Top Mtn. BC: Gold Lode Zelon Chemicals)
GSC MAP 562; 59-1959; 1424A; 1538G
GSC OF 574; 844
GSC P *38-16, p. 26
Brown, J. (2009-01-28): Technical Report on the 2000-2008 Exploration Programs on the Golden Cariboo Project
EMPR PFD 821824